Paul Pierce
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On September 25, 2000, Paul Pierce’s life flashed before his eyes. Around 1 am at the Buzz Club, Pierce was attacked and stabbed not one, not two, but eleven times. Doctors say he was stabbed in the neck, back, and face. Luckily, Pierce was rushed to the hospital and underwent surgery and made it out just fine. Miraculously, Pierce played a full NBA season and averaged 25 points, 6.4 rebounds, and dished out 3 assists per game!

Pierce states this moment haunts him to this day saying, “It was so bad, I couldn’t sleep.” He also had 24-hour police surveillance in his house because of how paranoid he was. He adds that he “carried a gun for two years right after that.” I don’t blame Pierce at all, he simply wanted to avoid any further incidents. Pierce ended his career being the 15th leading scorer of all-time and is on his way to the Naismith Hall of Fame. What a story.

Paul Pierce reliving the horrific moment with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on “All the Smoke” which airs on SHOWTIME.